Writers who can boil down a mystery into a half-dozen words are invited to enter the annual Six-Word Mystery Contest sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America (RMMWA).

Six-word “whodunits” can be entered in one or all five of the following categories: Thriller, Cozy, Romance and Lust, Police Procedural, and Hard Boiled/Noir. See more information about the categories here.

The Six-Word Mystery Contest is open to all adults 18 and over. There are no residency requirements. Entries must be received by midnight, October 8, 2022, MDT.

The contest entry fee is $6 for one entry (just $1 per word!); or $10 to enter six-word mysteries in all five categories. The grand prize winner will receive $100 in cold, hard cash. Winners in all other categories will receive $25 gift certificates, and all winners and finalists will be featured in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, on our RMMWA website, and in our popular newsletter, Deadlines.

Finalists will be invited to the chapter’s annual Mystery & Mistletoe Holiday Party in December.